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Volunteer Info

The success of many of our recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts from the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.

How to Volunteer
View the volunteer opportunity descriptions to see what suits you best. We welcome: 

  • Students age 16 and older with parent or guardian signature, ages 13-16 with parent or guardian supervision. Volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit. 
  • Adults age 18 and older
  • Seniors
  • Groups – Corporations, non-profits, service organizations, etc.

    Click here for a printable list of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities
Application Process

To volunteer, print and complete an application. Check areas of interest and email or mail the application in. Once received, a member of the Volunteer Services team will contact you to discuss potential volunteer placement. If an appropriate placement cannot be arranged at that time, the application will be kept for up to one year. As opportunities become available, we will notify you.

Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to volunteer@oakgov.com or:

Oakland County Parks
Volunteer Coordinator
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

To speak to a volunteer coordinator or schedule a group volunteer event, call 248-975-9717 or Volunteer@oakgov.com.

Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet

Volunteer Podcast
Volunteering at OCP

Adaptive Recreation
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans.  Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.

Bicycle Motocross (BMX at Waterford Oaks)
Track maintenance begins in April. Assist in the weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling and concessions.

Campgrounds: Three Opportunities
Campground Hosts assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules, providing directions and assisting with check-in.

Campground Laborers help maintain the grounds by maintaining flower beds, picking up trash, clearing trails and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness. 

Campground Recreation Volunteers assist with a variety of activities to entertain campers including arts and crafts, dances, games, movies and events.

Dog Park Ambassadors and Gatekeepers

(Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks & Red Oaks) 
Answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials and report concerns or comments to park management. Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security. 

Golf Courses and Programs
Support one of five golf courses as a starter, ranger or cart attendant.  There are additional opportunities to assist with tournaments, leagues, learn to golf programs and special events.  

History Corps

Learn about history and preservation while supporting the identification, research, documentation and archival of historical assets of the Oakland County Parks System under the direction of our Chief Archivist.  History Corps Docent may provide interpretation of historical assets by conducting tours, staffing information booths, hosting programs and answering questions about exhibits.

Nature Centers
Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting nature center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, badge days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies or maintaining outdoor gardens.

Natural Resources Stewardship
Support restoration management of our natural areas by helping with the control and removal of invasive plant species and collection and dispersal of native plant seed. Citizen Science efforts include monitoring bluebird nestboxes or conducting surveys including frog, grassland bird and butterfly counts.

Special Events
Assist with one-day events such as the Fire & Ice winter festival, the Great Marshmallow Drop in springtime, Boo Bash and Haunted Hallows in the fall or events held at dog parks and the County Market throughout the year.

Be the eyes and ears of the Park trails, while enjoying the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot.  Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies.